Movie Review: Perumazhakalam

Title: Perumazhakalam
Language: Malayalam
Starring: Dileep, Meera Jasmine, Kavya Madhavan, Vineet, Biju Menon

A very nicely made film. The Director deserves credit for his superb handling of an unconventional theme. Barring what I thought was a small gap in the script/storyline (I prefer not to discuss that here because it is hard to not give away the story!), its an engaging and moving film. This is a women oriented film and both of malayalam’s leading heroines Kavya and Meera deliver very impressive performances. The movie is definitely worth watching. The music is good and blends well with the film though the songs appear to borrow heavily from old hindi tunes. The photography is outstanding. Set in the raining season in Kerala, showing homes on the river banks, the picturisation exploits Kerala’s natural beauty to the fullest.

The story revolves around two families, one muslim and the other an orthodox hindu brahmin family. Its a common Kerala family phenomenon with the husband in the gulf and the wife and kid in Kerala. The Brahmin and the Muslim are close friends but the Brahmin is killed accidentally by the Muslim in the midst of a fight that breaks out among friends in the gulf. It was an accident but as per the law of the land the accused will face a death sentence unless the family of the victim issues a written pardon. The movie is about how these two families deal with the crisis and in particular how the Muslim family approaches the Brahmin family to seek their help.

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Perumazhakalam”

  1. Kavya bagged an award for the movie, though I felt it should have gone to Meera.The song ‘Kallayi kadavathe’ has strong Baburaj-resemblance. There was a controversy with this song. The song was not granted a state award, and surprisingly, it was not included in the package sent to the Jury! And the jury was helpless….. A mistake by the director Kamal!


  2. Meera acted very well too. A couple of things that I thought were weak points in the script: 1. The friend (played by Biju Menon) did not talk to the brahmin family in detail like he did with the Muslim family. 2. There was very little shown about what was playing thru the mind of Kavya’s character and why she did what she did. There is a point at which she tells the Muslim girl (when she asks for her husband’s life/forgiveness), “If I asked you the same will you able to bring my husband back to life?”. At this point Meera’s character could well have said something like, “If they take my husband’s life will that bring your husband back to life?” (or something on these lines). Otherwise there is little in the film to justify the Kavya’s characters subsequent actions. In any case the film was a good one and worth watching. Btw, I believe there is another film with a very similar theme (as Iranian film titled “Dame Sobh” (Day Break”))


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